Acquire More Spend Less

Principal Investments

We acquire and operate multifamily assets utilizing disciplined value-add strategies and best-practices, many of which trace their origins to founder Chris Thomson's 1999 MIT Master's Thesis.

Investment Strategies

We offer partnership terms and fees that often enable our investor partners to net higher returns than from traditional structures, yet reap the benefits of entrusting their investment funds to an exceptionally successful and experienced sponsor.

Asset Management

Our foundational approach optimizes assets “from the ground up” in a progression that begins with fundamental items and moves in sequence to more complex enhancements.

Acquisition Advisory

We can help investors without a fully developed acquisitions platform identify, evaluate, negotiate and close apartment transactions meeting their designated investment criteria.


Multifamily Acquisition Advisors is a premier real estate investment firm, specializing in the U.S. multifamily sector. We acquire and operate multifamily assets. We deploy and manage capital with an attention to detail that traces its origins to founder Chris Thomson’s 1999 MIT Master’s Thesis, which focused on lowering risk by more accurately determining the precise incremental risk and revenue associated with the presence, addition or upgrade of various property attributes.

We also offer acquisition advisory and asset management services to other multifamily investors, levering our skill set and platform to assist clients in sourcing, evaluating, negotiating, closing, optimizing and executing apartment transactions meeting their designated investment criteria.

About MAA

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Professional References

  • Robert Arzola

    Director - JLL Capital Markets

    “JLL Central Texas Multi-Housing Team had the pleasure of closing the Maxwell Apartments in San Antonio with Chris Thomson of MAA and Blackhawk Property Holdings (BPH). Our team was thoroughly impressed with their performance for the following reasons: 1. MAA/BPH always gave us immediate feedback and were incredibly transparent. 2. Chris’ team was quick. MAA/BPH was able to mobilize attorneys, vendors, management companies, inspections, etc. within hours of a discussion. 3. There was never a challenge too difficult for MAA and BPH to overcome. This was our team’s first closing with MAA/BPH, we look forward to many more together.”

  • Cody Courtney

    Director - Berkadia - San Antonio, TX

    “In December 2020, Chris Thomson and MAA, along with BlackHawk Property Holdings, managed to pull off the acquisition of the year in San Antonio, participating in a full marketing process, running the gauntlet through a competitive Best and Final process and ultimately stepping up to do what it took to win the deal. Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic and the usual huddles that come up through a thorough due diligence, they closed ahead of schedule and fulfilled their contractual obligations to the fullest. We would love to transact with them again and hope to have the opportunity to do so again very soon.”

  • Hannah Ott

    Executive Managing Director - Cushman & Wakefield

    “After completing multiple successful transactions with Chris Thomson it is my pleasure to recommend him. As a broker, you always enjoy working with buyers / owners who are pragmatic and do what they say they will do, like Chris. Our team looks forward to doing business with Chris again soon.”

  • Michael Gortenburg

    Chief Executive Officer - Eighteen Capital Group

    “I have done dozens of transactions totaling nearly $200 million in invested funds with Chris Thomson. Chris was able to home in on deals meeting our criteria, including those others did not see. Chris is the consummate deal maker. An investor could not have a better partner in the multifamily marketplace.”

  • Barden Brown

    Managing Director - Greystone Brown Realty Advisors

    “Chris and his team often win deals for which they are not the high bidder.  That is how impressive and important their capabilities and record of performance are to us and our clients. Any organization associated with Chris is one we would immediately consider a preferred buyer.”

Track Record

As of the June 2023 reporting period, remaining properties in which MAA principal(s) have an ownership or operating interest total 3,672 units. These properties were acquired at a total cost including renovation and soft costs of $160.3 million, have a current estimated or appraised value of $394.3 million, generate annualized Net Operating Income of $16.4 million and Net Cash Flow of $7.1 million. Total Debt Acquired exceeds Total Cost by $31.1 million, meaning in the aggregate, an amount equal to all original equity plus $31.1 million has been distributed to partners and investors. 

News & Announcements

MAA March 2024 Newsletter
Reflections on the last cycle, our thoughts on 2024 and our focus going forward.
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MAA Affiliated Venture Sells Second Boston Apartment Community
16-20 Westland Apartments, a 55-unit mid-rise apartment community, purchased in March 2020 and located...
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MAA Blackhawk Acquires Exceptional San Antonio Multifamily Property
Multifamily Acquisition Advisors (MAA) and Blackhawk Property Holdings are pleased to announce our fifth...
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